Vinyl Records Gaining in Popularity

AUSTIN, Texas -- In one Austin record store, history is the future.

The owners say CD sales are down and the number of digital downloads is dropping; however, a record revival has vinyl sales surging to levels that haven't been seen since the 70s and 80s.

Record sales grew 32 percent in 2013 to 6 million sold.

In 2013, CD sales declined 14.5 percent.

At the Sound Gallery in Austin, Marc Campbell said an LP's grooves bring warmth to songs, digital code can't match.

Turntables, receivers, speakers and other stereo gear seen in High Fidelity magazine 40 years ago, now fill store shelves.

"It's substantial. It has soul. It doesn't come streaming from some invisible sound cloud somewhere," said Campbell.

Albums aren't just cool; they're now music industry moneymakers meaning this resurgence could be more than a fad.

While vinyl sales still make up a small percentage of all albums sold, major artists pushed 2013 to be the best year in U.S. record sales in a decade.


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